Our 32nd wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful experience - Chef Matt's food was a delight to the senses ... delicious ... complex ... Excellent!
The food at Opus 10 was fairly disappointing. The first course, soup, was pretty good and the desert was excellent. Everything else in between was as mediocre as it can get; the fish was overcooked and tasteless, the meat was way too salty without anything there to balance it off. We all decided on wine pairing and the wine was just ok, middle of the road variety that did nothing to make me say wow even once. I must say that the amount of wine with each dish was very generous but i wish they had given less of something better.
With all the great and interesting restaurants in Portland, you can get much better food and experience at $150/person.
The service was great
I went here with my best friend to celebrate my birthday. I had always wanted to try David's Opus Ten after reading a few years ago that they offered a vegetarian tasting menu in addition to the standard one. I called a few days before my reservation to confirm that was still available and was disappointed to learn that the vegetarian tasting menu had been discontinued. However, I was told they would be happy to accommodate me. The chef prepared a delicious meal for both me and my friend. Sometimes we had the same dish, other times mine was altered to include veggies while my friend enjoyed seafood and meat. We both loved everything we were served, and were delighted to be seated at the chef's table where we could watch everything being created. Amazing food, ambiance, and service. I will definitely go back the next time I am back home visiting Portland.
This is our favorite restaurant -- hands down an exceptional experience. We most recently attended on 7/5/17 for a belated anniversary dinner and literally had the best dinner ever. The food is imaginative, beautiful, cooked to perfection, and each dish (of a 7-course meal) is outstanding. Davids Opus 10 truly shines.
Innovative and delicious tasting menu and wine-pairing. Exceptional value for the generous portions and pours. Having eaten in all the top restaurants in Portland, I am confortable rating this restaurant number 1. Why? The chef, Matt Caddell is master at his craft, as we cruised through a smoked watercress-potato soup, steak tartar, Leon grass and lime sorbet with a generous splash of mint-infused rum, ricotta gnocchi with bacon lardons and porcini mushroom cream, fennel-crusted pork chop, and a deconstructed tiramisu. The complementary wines were splendid choices: Bandol rose, Planeta cerasuolo, Alban viognier, Fatalone primatologist, and a NV Charleston madiera. Love this restaurant!
My husband is vegan and I am vegetarian. We were dining with a meat eating couple. It is very rare that a restaurant can provide exceptional dining for such a varied crew of diners but they succeeded!
David's Opus Ten is for those people who truly want a different dining experience. You get 7 courses with two options per course. The food was consistently innovative and delicious. And the wine pairings were perfection. And the service was tremendous. If you are looking for large servings, this is not the place to go, but if you are in search of interesting selections that you have not had before, this is the place to be. It is a small intimate restaurant where you get treated extremely well and the food is scrumptious. We left quite satiated, by the way. I highly recommend this restaurant.
We used to be a fan of Opus Ten. But things have changed.
1.) if i pay $300 for dinner for 2 I am expecting white table cloth, not formica...the ambiance just isn't there
2.) the food just wasn't good. It appears over engineered and complicated for no purpose. (Except the soup)
3.) some dishes where presented on a plate for two to be shared with your neighbor. Why?? Its awkward to lean to the side to eat your appetizer, aside from hygenic considerations.
Sorry opus but we wont be back. If you like fine dining Tempo Dulu knows how its done right.
The service was excellent and we always love the room at Opus 10.
Service is one of the best in town. Food is above average and the service really make us want to come back.
I've been to Opus Ten a few times. This last visit was great, but things are definitely not as amazing as when Chef Bo was there. Next time I'm in town I'll try his new place.
We met up with some friends while visiting Portland and chose David's Opus 10 as the venue. It was a great success. We all left agreeing that it was a fun and memorable evening of great food and wonderful wine pairings. The staff were knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic about their craft which added greatly to our enjoyment of the evening. Its not at all the typical stuffy tasting dinner; wonderful vegetarian choices that our carnivore husbands hugely enjoyed, a very fun and retro amuse, beautifully prepared fish and steak. Visually and taste-wise the food was delicious and the wine pairings were spot on. It will certainly be on my list of places to return on our next trip to Portland.
First time back since their re-opening as a seasonal restaurant. Although we have always felt the space to be lacking, the new young team in the kitchen is very talented and the meal was very, very good. Make sure to book a table before they close for the winter. We'll be back.
Chef's table. Got the treatment. Chefs were very friendly and knowledgeable. Server was great. Did the wine pairing and it was worth it.
Everything was spot on. Great food, great wine, great service.
Great attention to detail in the cooking, and thoughtful pairings in the wine pairings chosen.
The food was awesome!! Very unique dishes that I probably wouldn't order otherwise that were outstanding! Very friendly wait staff and the kitchen staff would present the dishes and explain what was in then. This is a must visit when in Portland Maine.
Food and wine pairing was spectacular; innovative, superb presentation, vegetarian and meat option (both worth eating). Extremely knowledgable servers, who understood the details of the food and wine; outstanding wine pairings!
We've eaten at Opus 10 a number of times over the years. It is consistently fantastic, unlike some of the other high end restaurants in town. The food is wonderful - 'experimental' without being weird, a complex mix of flavors in every bite. The service as always been top notch - friendly and attentive.
Sitting at the chefs table is the best experience. To watch the artists work and then enjoy it is a unique experience.
Wonderful seven course tasting menu with wine pairings.
Terrific, interesting and inventive food with a beautiful presentation. The room is comfortable and the service is excellent but not fussy. We're definitely going back soon.
We can not say enough about this wonderful restaurant. The food was amazing, service outstanding and we felt like it we were in our own private room.
We ordered from the small plate menu and everything was excellent- beautifully prepared and plated and served. Had we known, we would have reserved the spot at the kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare the food. Intimate room, expensive but delicious!
Every bite was delectable. The service was excellent. Our waiter was very helpful with dining and wine suggestions. Can't wait to eat here again!
This was our second time here and they didn't disappoint. Wonderful food, great service and very nice wine selection. I would recommend going if you're in Portland!
A year ago this was an experience to delight, amazing and interesting food, in a cool environment with great service. Today it is dialed way down, the food is good but no more than that. Servers were not well trained. Prices are about the same as a year ago, so the value is way down.
Wine list had 3 reds, one of which was a rose.
Seems to be a conscious decesion to become a different restaurant,
I'm going to say right off that I'm partly to blame for the way the evening progressed. I had the week off so I chose Friday night for the 9 course option instead of the 7,only to learn there was no 9. The 2 previous times I went to Opus we were asked if we'd like a pre-dinner cocktail. With 2 less courses and minus a drink to linger over, dinner was much shorter than I had planned. I was planning to be at Opus for two and a half hours minimum. I also should say that there was an exceptionally large party which I'm sure skewed the pace of the evening. Overall it's hard to say anything bad about this place. The food was beyond exquisite and I'm always anxious to get back to one of David's restaurants.
Their menu is a tasting menu; bites for 1 meaning little to share and you will have to order multiple items. That may sound negative, but those tastes are fantastic. Depending on how big your appetite, 2 to 4 items should be expected. My wife loved the scallop so much, she ended up ordering it twice.
Only small negative is you pay for a serving of bread that is replenished but is for 1. Two people? Two items. One for each. They don't necessarily strictly enforce it, but it is on the menu that way and if you both reply yes for the bread, you will be billed twice.
Considering the price of the items, and that you will be ordering multiple items, just seems to be a way to add to the profit.
FYI this will not stop us from going back. But something you should know in advance.
We went to Portland for a couple of days and were looking for a good dinner after a long drive. We were surprised with what we found. Opus 10 was a little gem...which is hidden in the back of David's, so you can't even see it when you walk through the door. Order the lobster on the fried risotto cake...you won't be disappointed. Actually, we weren't disappointed by anything...it was faboulous!! 5 stars!